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Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network

Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Workshop

A Preconference Event of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference

October 1, 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Expanding the Boundaries of Boundary-spanning

Join us for the 10th annual, Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network (OEPN) preconference workshop as we challenge ourselves to further expand our boundary-spanning abilities in today’s higher education landscape.

In response to OEPN member demand for extending our 2017 conversations around critical engagement and equity, the 2018 workshop will feature Dr. Tania Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at University of Minnesota and Tawanna Black, Executive Director for Northside Funders Group.

Featured Speakers

Photograph of Tania D. MitchellTania D. Mitchell is an internationally recognized community engagement scholar and will detail her work on critical engagement and equitable practices in community engagement, including a racial justice audit of service learning syllabi. She will lead us in a discussion to help us explore ways we can transfer these principles to our own community engagement professional work as well as advocate with faculty, students, and administration for improvement.

Photograph of Tawanna BlackTawanna Black is a nationally recognized thought leader known for influencing, inspiring and equipping cross-sector leaders to transform a personal conviction for equality into actions that produce equitable and thriving communities, Tawanna will share frameworks and strategies that may be applied and replicated by campus-community partnerships towards common social impact goals. Drawing from her experience working with a variety of organizations, she will offer participants insights into the benefits of working through a collective impact model for sustainable change while also shedding light on the potential pitfalls and challenges that could be faced in the process.


The agenda of the 2018 Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Workshop is now available: download the schedule at a glance.

Who Should Attend

The OEPN preconference workshop is designed for university staff, non-tenure-track faculty, and community partners who facilitate, manage, direct, and administer ongoing projects, programs, services, research, and relationships between institutions of higher education and community partners. These professionals span the boundaries between campus and communities and have an emerging professional identity and a unique set of strengths and challenges that will be addressed in this workshop. Because of the overlap in roles, skills, and values, all "boundary spanners" who facilitate community-university partnerships are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Workshop attendees are encouraged to attend the Full Conference and look for the sessions focusing on boundary spanning.

For more information on the OEPN Pre-Conference Workshop, please contact the Planning Co-chairs: Tracy D. Dace (tracy@dreaamhouse.org), Dreaam House, or Jeanne McFarland-McDonald (jeanne.mcdonald@colorado.edu), University of Colorado - Boulder.

Note: This workshop is organized by the members of the Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network. We invite you join the preconference as well as the network. In addition to the OEPN's preconference workshop, there will be several sessions throughout the ESC Conference focusing on boundary spanning. Be sure to check them out!

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